Meet the teacher: in liverpool

19th November 2004 at 00:00
Age 25

I've just given up all hope of ever having any free time. Ever... ever... I want to become a teacher because I remember when I was at school the way it felt when one of my teachers showed me a new way of thinking, or when I learnt something completely new.

The most exciting thing that's happened to me so far is when the pupil who was the bane of my life came into the classroom and said 'There's no way I can do that'. At the end of the lesson I asked him if he could do it and he said 'Yeah, it's easy'. I started to think that maybe I can do this.

But I'm really not looking forward to being spotted by teenagers down the shops when I have a hangover.

I don't understand how I'm going to keep a straight face and tell someone off instead of laughing with the rest of the class.

I hope I'll be the kind of teacher who will leave the class still talking about what lessons we did that day. But for the moment, I'll be happy not to get laughed out of the classroom!

Yetunde James is studying geography at Liverpool Hope university and on placement at Weatherhead girls' school Wallasey

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